But I would like to take a moment and acknowledge those who came before me. Among many other things, the Mid Pack had the outstanding privilege of learning from the Genesis group how to accept new members into this marvelous herd. We learned from their generous example. It may not have been easy for them to let us in, to transition into a larger herd, but I never once felt that. Not once. They were outstandingly gracious and accepting of us.
I have been thinking about the rumblings I have heard from new students as we each face our fears and our doubts about this program. How large is this program going to get? Will there be enough work for me? I confess that I have had my own doubts, my own dark fears.
I am reminded of a lesson I leaned fifteen years ago in South America. I was studying with a Peruvian shaman and one day he told us a story of his idea of reciprocity. To him and his fellow shamans, if anyone came forward and said they wanted to learn the ancient sacred ways, that teacher had to take them on as a student. Because it was their understanding that not until each and every human stepped into their highest potential, could any of us ascend to the higher realms. No one could move forward until every got it! This idea was new to me and the hugeness of that statement stayed with me ever since. Every time you reach out and help someone up, you are supporting a larger cause. Plain and simple, we are all in this together.
Then there is the sentiment that my dear friend Patricia offered up one day. She said, “If everyone on the earth was a healer, we would still have tons of work to do!” I don’t even know what she meant, but I know on a cellular level that the words are true.
And so I keep reminding myself of these two little stories. I totally believe that for each one of us to reach our highest potential we need to champion the successes of one another. By supporting each other with grace and authenticity, we will each find our place. There are thousands of horses waiting for us to step up to the plate and there are millions of folks who need us when they are ready.
If I had any words of wisdom for those coming into the program it would be this. If you need to compete, as is in my nature, compete with yourself. Set your goals, keep an open mind, ask questions until you “get it” and know that you are in a loving herd whose survival depends on your strength of character. We are in this together and it is so outrageously rewarding!! There is room for all of us. I welcome you to a marvelous adventure. It will be what you make it to be.
And I know for me this is just the beginning. I look forward to many more years of studying, practicing, and working through my own “stuff” as I move forward as a practitioner of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method !!